The Android operating system is available on many devices beyond mobile. In televisions there is Android TV, in the car there is Android Auto, smartwatches have (Android) Wear OS and Android Things was going to be the version for the Internet of Things or IoT. About five years after its launch, Google abandons Android Things and will stop accepting new projects.
On the Android Things developer website, Google clarified its operating system’s roadmap. As of January 5, 2021, no new non-commercial project can be created and one year later, January 5, 2022, Android Things management console will be completely removed with all your data.
Android of things is small
Android Things was born in 2016 as an evolution of the Brillo Project and with a clear goal: to be the version of Android for the Internet of Things: based on Android, but optimized to run on low power devices and with initial support for Intel Edison, NXP Pico and Raspberry Pi 3.
The system never had too much traction and in early 2019 Google narrowed its focus: Android Things would focus on smart speakers and display devices, turning to its commercial use and moving away from becoming a project for any enthusiast with some of the supported SoMs, such as the Raspberry Pi 3B.
About two years later, even Google doesn’t use Android Things on its smart speakers
In practice, this is up to developers with active projects using Android Things having one year to disconnect or find an alternative management and maintenance that do not depend on Google.
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